Jammu-Srinagar National Highway closed due to landslides amid heavy rainfall

Continuous rainfall in Ramban has triggered landslides along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, leading to its closure. The heavy downpour caused cracks in the mountains at various points along the highway, including Mehad, Kishtwadi Patthar, and Gangru Ramsu areas, necessitating a complete shutdown of the highway.

The landslides have resulted in the blocking of the highway, with large rocks falling from the mountains making the situation more challenging. Authorities have been working since 5 am to clear the debris and stones to reopen the highway for traffic.

In light of the adverse weather conditions forecasted by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Srinagar Station from April 26 to April 30, residents living near the River Jhelum, its tributaries, and Nallahs have been advised to avoid these water bodies until the weather improves.

The Jammu and Kashmir State Disaster Management Authority (JKDMA) has issued an avalanche warning, prompting the closure of all schools in Srinagar on Monday as a precautionary measure. However, teaching and non-teaching staff have been instructed to report for duty to oversee the situation and safeguard the institutional assets of their respective schools.